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Anna Young ACF Abstract FY10

2010 Nebraska Tern and Plover Meeting

Conference Name: 2010 Nebraska Tern and Plover Meeting

As the Great Lakes Piping Plover population recovers; nest sites chosen by plovers may not always coincide with what habitat managers expect. The purpose of this project is to quantify variability in Piping Plover nest sites, and to compare nest sites with the resident individuals.  If nest sites do prove to be significantly variable, this information may provide new insight in locating areas of suitable habitat for monitoring and protection.  If marginal habitat is only occupied by younger, less experienced birds, we may conclude that marginal habitat is simply less desirable. 

However, if marginal habitat is occupied by a cross-section of the population, we might conclude that areas once considered marginal by humans, may be perfectly suitable for breeding plovers. After determining significant characteristics of Piping Plover nest sites, a brochure listing significant nest site characteristics could be distributed by management agencies to help the public recognize and avoid critical habitat.